Zamperini's story is incredible, the movie is rough to watch
Not rough in terms of being a really bad movie, but the endless, pervasive suffering Louis Zamperini was forced to undertake. The movie is at least, at the very least 40% dedicated to Louis getting tortured, humiliated and beaten, mostly by the sadistic Japanese man known as the Bird. Now, let me say, that Takamasa Ishihara and of course, Jack O'Connell are great as the Bird and Louis. O'Connell especially makes this movie very watchable, bringing a charisma to this man who refuses to bend, a patriot without being obnoxious, as we see that he was a kid who got in trouble a lot. My big beef is that this may be not fitting enough a tribute to this man who endured so much. We get 15 minutes of his childhood and nearly an hour of the man getting withered down. Still, O'Connell's performance and the visual shots of the aerial sequences tip this movie over to being pretty good. I am shocked though, that this didn't receive an R rating. So "Nebraska," a movie with two f-words in it is adults-only where 13 year olds can see a man whipped and beaten for 60 minutes? Strange times we live in.